Multihazard Mitigation Council Resources

Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council (MMC)



The following documents are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. PDF


Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves

Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: An Independent Study to Assess the Future Savings from Mitigation Activities.
From 2000 to 2005, the MMC, commissioned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), conducted a Congressionally mandated independent study that demonstrated that for every public dollar spent on mitigation, society saves $4. The completed study was delivered to Congress. Mitigation Saves up to publication of the Mitigation Saves 2017 Interim Report was the most often-quoted work on mitigation.


Working Papers

Society Can Afford Seismically Resilient Buildings, an MMC Working Paper
Keith Porter, University of Colorado Boulder, August 31, 2019


The MMC webinar series addresses social considerations; governance, including building codes and zoning ordinances; the built environment; hazard and risk assessment and economics. The webinars are free and open to the broad disaster community and the public.

NOTE: The opinions expressed in the webinar presentations posted below are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the National Institute of Building Sciences or the Multihazard Mitigation Council.

Past Events – Presentations Available

The presentations below are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs.PDF

November 15, 2016
"How Does Business Continuity Contribute to Community Resilience?" will be presented by George Huff, Business Continuity Fellow for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Community Resilience Program. This webinar will describe the importance of including business continuity (BC) planning activities when discussing community resilience planning. Huff will provide evidence to support the case that, in numerous ways, BC planning activities of private-sector businesses are complementary to, and consistent with, the six-step planning processes for the built environment and infrastructure systems set forth in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Planning Guide for Community Resilience. Find out more.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
"Incentivizing Pre-Disaster Mitigation," presented by Leanne Tobias and Philip J. Schneider, AIA, looked at ways communities can use incentivization programs to help keep their citizens safe. This webinar explored public, private and hybrid strategies that can encourage new investment in resilience, including real estate investment and lending strategies: tax incentives and credits; grants; regulations; and the enhancement of building codes. Find out more. Download the presentation.

September 29, 2015
"Disasters and Infrastructure" was presented by Judith Mitrani-Reiser, PhD, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Emergency Medicine, and Director of the Sensor Technology and Infrastructure Risk Mitigation (STIRM) Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. This webinar looked at how natural disasters can strain the healthcare systems of impacted regions; spotlight the importance of protecting such critical infrastructure; and demonstrate a risk analysis framework for quantifying and predicting the loss, recovery and resilience of critical facilities. Find out more. Download the presentation.

August 25, 2015
"NFIP and CRS: The Way Forward in Florida," presented by Bryan Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, spotlights the implementation of Florida's recently created Community Rating System (CRS) - Community Assistance Visit (CAV) pilot program, which aims to increase flood resiliency and incentives in the state's smaller communities. Find out more. Download the presentation.

July 29, 2015
"NIST Resilience Initiatives," presented by Stephen Cauffman, who manages the Community Resilience Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), provides a brief overview of the new NIST program, which serves to improve the resilience of communities to natural, technological and human-caused hazards. Find out more. Download the presentation.

October 28, 2014
"Substantiating Mitigation – Florida's Loss Avoidance Assessment Strategy," presented by Carly Forster, Long Term Recovery and Hazard Mitigation Team Lead for ARCADIS' Risk and Resiliency Group, explores loss avoidance calculators, how they are developed and how to use them prepare for loss avoidance assessment with emphasis on the importance of data gathering pre- and post-disaster. Find out more. Download the presentation.

September 25, 2014
"Is My Building Earthquake-Safe? Obstacles to a Practical Earthquake Rating System," presented by David Bonowitz, S.E., chair of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) Existing Buildings Committee, answers a series of earthquake-related questions, and explains past attempts to rate buildings, as well as the often-conflicting priorities of owners, tenants, lenders, insurers, engineers, emergency planners and policy makers. Find out more. Download the presentation.

July 24, 2014
"Better Building Codes: Demanding Minimum Construction Practices—It's the Least We Can Do!" presented by Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), explores the issue of policy leadership for strong building codes, making building codes and resilience a public value, and the importance of transparency of these issues to the public. Find out more. Download the presentation.

April 23, 2014
"Safe Enough? How the Building Code Protects Our Lives but Not Our Cities," presented by Keith A. Porter, PE, PhD, a research professor with the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Principal with SPA Risk LLC, looks at how Americans think about seismic performance differently than structural engineers, and expect better performance than building codes provide. Find out more. Download the presentation.

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